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Churches open but public services suspended

  • Author: Revd Richard Hutchins
  • Published: 18th March 2020
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Churches open but public services suspended

Message from Revd Richard Hutchins: Priest in charge of St James Clanfield and All Saints Catherington.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York yesterday suspended public worship in Church of England churches. As the newly licensed Priest-in-Charge of All Saints Catherington and St James Clanfield. I have implemented this advice immediately; therefore, all normal Sunday and weekday services are cancelled for the time being. 

Does this mean that the church has shut up shop? Not at all - our buildings remain open for individuals to come and offer private prayer; people who come should exercise good hand hygiene and maintain a suitable distance from one another of 2 metres. We are looking at how we can provide opportunities to join in acts of worship via the internet and will let people know through our Facebook pages and other online means when this is available.

We will also be working alongside the amazing community efforts that are already evident to support those who are self-isolating. It has been so encouraging to see our communities coming together in this adversity, to support and show love for those in need - I am personally encouraged by the heart shown in these parishes at the start of my time here.

The national Church of England continues to support local parishes with guidance via their website. This includes our ability to continue with weddings and funerals, but with much smaller numbers in attendance than might be usual.








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